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This archive is an 1,800 hour video document of the entire trial of Slobodan Milošević at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands. The trial began on February 12, 2002 and ended with his death on March 11, 2006, before a verdict could be rendered. The project is a partnership between the Human Rights Project at Bard College and the Internet Archive, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:43 Yes. Let the 00:01:24 registrar call the case. Good morning, Your Honours. Case number IT-02-54-T, the Prosecutor 00:01:35 versus Slobodan Milosevic. The appearances, please. For the Prosecution, the Prosecutor 00:01:49 Madam Carla Del Ponte appears; I appear; and the Court will see that I am joined by Ms. 00:01:57 Uertz-Retzlaff, who, as the Court will know, has special responsibility for the Croatian 00:02:04 indictment; my learned friend Mr. Groome,...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:34 Yes, Mr. Milosevic. We kindly request that the microphone be switched on. The microphone 00:01:44 should be switched on. It's on now. Yes. Can you hear me now? Yes. I said that I hope and 00:01:58 assume that, according to the Rules you explained to me, I won't be interrupted. I should like 00:02:05 to start off by saying -- by showing a videotape, so I'd like to show a video first and then 00:02:13 I'll continue speaking after that. Yes. Let that be done....
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:00 Yes, Mr. Nice. Your Honours. Yesterday, in relation to the 00:00:41 earlier part of the history generally, the Croatian indictment and part of the Bosnian 00:00:47 indictment, I set out the range of links that may be shown connecting this accused to various 00:00:56 crimes with which he is charged, and shortly I'm going to return, although I hope in swifter 00:01:03 form this morning or in a swifter manner this morning, to those links that exist in relation...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:02 The next witness is Vojislav Seselj. Let the witness make the declaration. Give the witness 00:03:31 the declaration so that he can make it. I solemnly declare that I will speak Blank page 00:03:40 inserted to ensure pagination corresponds between the French and English transcripts. 00:03:44 the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. You may sit. You may begin, Mr. 00:03:54 Milosevic. Examined by Mr. Milosevic: Good morning, Mr. Seselj. Good...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:00 Yes, Mr. Nice. Your Honour, I'm just confirming that the Court has indeed, the accused and 00:00:30 the amici do in fact have the documents that I've been producing on the ELMO. Thank you. 00:00:44 Sorry. Just confirming that the Court, the accused, and my learned friends the amici 00:00:53 do in fact have the documents, I hope most or all of them of that been produced publicly. 00:00:58 It seems to me given sometimes the difficulty of reading documents on...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:07 Yes, Mr. Milosevic. We've got until 11.45 today. We will sit and take a break for a 00:00:36 quarter of an hour after an hour and a quarter or so. So, Mr. Milosevic, it's for you to 00:00:43 continue your cross-examination. Let us continue, Mr. Bilall. Yesterday, you said that in your 00:01:27 village there was no KLA. I wish to remind you of your statement, page 2, paragraph 4. 00:01:45 I'm going to read slowly so that they could interpret it. "Towards...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:02 Just one moment to get us ready. Yes. I'm going to start with Mr. Nice. Mr. Nice, is 00:00:58 there anything which you need to address us on immediately before the accused raises some 00:01:11 point? I have several points to raise to deal with, matters that would typically, I think, 00:01:20 be dealt with in private session even in a fully public session. They are procedural, 00:01:26 they deal with disclosure to the accused, matters of that sort. I'm happy...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:28 Yes, Mr. Nice. Your Honour, before we get on with the evidence, there are one or two 00:00:53 procedural matters that I must ask the Chamber to deal with pretty well immediately. It may 00:01:02 be that if I identify the issues now, either as to all or some, the Chamber would think 00:01:08 it most helpful to come back to them later in the morning, either at the beginning of 00:01:11 the last session or at the end of last session, although dealing with...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:00 overhead the aerial photograph of Izbica taken by ICTY investigators on the 8th of August, 00:00:10 2001. As you can see, Izbica is a rural village located in a valley. From around the 24th 00:00:21 of March, due to heavy artillery fire from FRY and Serbian forces, villagers from surrounding 00:00:29 areas moved into Izbica as a place of refuge. On the 28th of March, Serb forces surrounded 00:00:37 the village of Izbica. They found hundreds of refugees...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:06 Yes, Mr. Kay. Yes, Your Honours. A matter I should raise before the Court before Mr. 00:00:37 Nice continues with his opening, and it's merely to put it on the record and give an 00:00:44 explanation because some people may have been concerned with what happened in the adjournment, 00:00:50 although, for our part, we're not. The accused passed a number of informal comments about 00:00:58 the Prosecution opening to Mr. Tapuskovic of a very general nature...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:01 using the term dictatorial rule." And then in the next sentence, you speak of "... extremely 00:00:13 repressive aspects of the Titoist regime..." Does that mean that you believe that in the 00:00:22 SFRY, Josip Broz Tito, the late president, though I don't consider that to have been 00:00:33 a dictatorial regime, that he had virtually absolute authority, absolute power? Yes, that 00:00:49 was my impression, that he had absolute power, typical...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:59 Is your name Jeri Laber and, Ms. Laber, were you a trained Soviet specialist, one of the 00:01:09 founders of Helsinki Watch in 1979, and its first executive director from that year? It 00:01:18 is, and I am. Did you stay in that position until 1995 when you retired from that position 00:01:27 but continuing your work and interest in the same human rights field? I did. You're an 00:01:36 author of many articles and books. Helsinki Watch first started...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:00 We bear in mind that the witness does produce a number of reports, and you should have time 00:00:08 to cross-examine on them. The Prosecution were a little under an hour and 40 minutes. 00:00:16 We'll allow you two and a half hours, which means you've got two hours remaining. I think 00:00:34 that will be sufficient. I shall do my best to hurry things up. In your statement on page 00:00:42 11, last paragraph, you say that after returning to New York, that...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:04 Your Honour, as a preliminary matter, Witness B-1461 will give his entire testimony in open 00:01:26 session. He will be referring to sexual crimes against a number of victims. I will not elicit 00:01:31 those names during my examination of him, but should they become relevant or should 00:01:35 anyone seek to ask the identity, I would ask that the identities of those victims be taken 00:01:40 in closed session. Examined by Mr. Groome: B-1461, I would ask...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:45 Monday, 28 April 2003 Open session The accused entered court Upon commencing at 9.02 a.m. JUDGE MAY We're going to deal with some administrative matters first this morning left over from 00:00:53 our last hearing. Mr. Nice, it may be convenient if we begin with at least the discussion on 00:01:02 what it is that needs to be resolved this morning. The matters which I have are the 00:01:11 final selection of Croatia Rule 92 bis witness. MR. NICE Yes, Mr....
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:19 We're tracking down the patriarch letter or agreement. I have some documents, but I'm 00:00:26 not yet in a position to make them available, but I hope to be able to do so by the end 00:00:33 of the session or, alternatively, to explain why I can't. Yes. But I do recollect it. I 00:00:39 don't believe it's been produced, but we'll have to check further on that. The second 00:00:43 point is, in light of the accused's expressions of objection about the scope...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:01 questions that gotten General Perisic in trouble. Racak. Following that event, did you and General 00:00:13 Naumann travel to Belgrade on the 19th of January to meet the accused and to attempt 00:00:20 to arrange investigation of the Racak incident? Yes, we did. Did you have objectives about 00:00:26 Ambassador William Walker as well? Yes, we wanted Ambassador Walker to remain in the 00:00:33 country, and we only wanted Milosevic to reaffirm and maintain his...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:02 Just one moment to get us ready. Yes. I'm going to 00:01:03 start with Mr. Nice. Mr. Nice, is there anything which you need to address us on immediately 00:01:08 before the accused raises some point? I have several points to raise to deal with, matters 00:01:20 that would typically, I think, be dealt with in private session even in a fully public 00:01:24 session. They are procedural, they deal with disclosure to the accused, matters of that 00:01:29 sort....
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:02 That is to say that there was a report that someone had had a conversation with Mladic. 00:00:06 We didn't see that. We stayed in the room. Who might have had that conversation and what 00:00:11 was carried back and forth and so forth, I don't recall. Don't you remember that you 00:00:19 were given this guarantee into your very own hands in writing that you would not be stopped 00:00:25 anywhere and that Holbrooke refused this out of his very own vanity and...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:10 Before you begin, Mr. Milosevic, there are some matters the Trial Chamber has to decide. 00:00:37 Trial Chamber confers] Mr. Milosevic, before you begin cross-examining, you should know 00:02:31 that there are parameters in this case beyond which you cannot go. We've already made an 00:02:40 order which restricts the scope of cross-examination. I'm not going to go into the reasons for it 00:02:47 again. It is limited to the statement which the witness has...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:37 Can the interpreter read the oath, please. And, Mr. Avdiu, if you would repeat it after 00:00:46 the interpreter. Yes. Can the interpreter read the oath, please. I solemnly declare 00:01:10 that I will speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Thank you very 00:01:23 much. If you would like to take a seat. BILALL AVDIU Witness answered through interpreter] 00:01:44 Examined by Ms. Romano: Witness, your name is Bilall Avdiu? Yes. When were...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:00 Next, the computer map. Did you work on a computer map with the accused? Yes, we did. 00:00:06 It was actually at a time prior to this, as I recall the course of the negotiations. It 00:00:10 had to do with the corridor connecting the Bosnian Muslim held enclave of Gorazde with 00:00:18 the bulk of the territory that was to be held by the Bosnian Muslims and by the Federation. 00:00:26 And President Milosevic came in, we looked at the terrain from various...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:14 So that those looking at the screens can see it in its original language and then put the 00:00:39 English translation on after that, I would be obliged. Might we be provided with the 00:00:41 exhibit number? Prosecution Exhibit 24. In we could first of all, Usher, please, just 00:01:26 lay on the overhead projector the original Cyrillic language version, please. That's 00:01:42 the English. Could you put the Cyrillic language version on first, just for a...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:05 You claim, in respect of this truly horrible crime that all of Yugoslavia's aware of, that 00:00:14 it was as a result of a quarrel amongst Serbs. I don't understand the question. Your evidence 00:00:32 was that, as you understood it, there was a quarrel between Serbs which led to this 00:00:38 incident in which six people were killed. Is that right? What I said were rumours that 00:00:55 I heard from citizens in Peja. And do you know that this was a...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:19 Yes, Mr. Milosevic. Prior to the beginning of your work with the KVM, have you always lived in Pec? Yes. And have you 00:01:10 spent some time in Switzerland and Germany prior to that? In Germany, I was in 1992 for a short 00:01:23 visit. And the rest of the time you spent in the country? Yes. From 1992 until 1998, 00:01:44 without any interruption, meaning you didn't go abroad, did you? No, I haven't been abroad. 00:02:05 You said that 90 -- the population...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:03 Thank you. Mr. Sokoli, can you describe, what did you see the police doing at that time? 00:00:13 It was very difficult, and I was trying not to be seen. They were always in movement. 00:00:29 Did you hear shooting or did you see fire? I saw flames from the houses, and I also heard 00:00:42 shots which seemed to me to be further away. You said that your neighbourhood was deserted. 00:00:52 Were there people in the streets as well at the same time that you...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:01 I wish to make a comment. I assume that you have given me that right as well. I would 00:00:12 like to comment on these proposals that we've heard from the Prosecution, and also I would 00:00:19 like to make a comment on the comment made by one of the amici. I think that I quite 00:00:28 understand what the other side wants, the one that submitted this false indictment. 00:00:33 That side wants to organise the work of both sides, both parties. They even want...
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Closed captions transcript: 00:00:10 Yes, Mr. Nice. Just to pick up where we left off yesterday, there are available for the 00:00:43 Chamber a copy or copies of binders of the type we discussed yesterday. Because the binders 00:00:57 were prepared to reflect the indictments, either a binder dealing with deportations 00:01:04 or binders dealing with what are described as killing sites individually and the sample 00:01:10 I have before me and which is available to the Chamber relates to the...
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